Wedding Planning

Newlywed Perspective: First Year Anniversary Gifts

It’s entirely possible that what I want to talk to you about today is the furthest thing from your mind.

It’s entirely possible that what I want to talk to you about today is the furthest thing from your mind. You are, I’m only guessing, reading through this blog because you are just about waist-deep (or very soon to be waist-deep) in things like flowers and bridesmaid dresses and dinner menus (or, more importantly, dessert menus!).

But what I figure is this: you’re already planning for the wedding. Why not plan for the marriage, too?

My next guess is that you’re all doing this as well – the daydreaming and excitement doesn’t stop at the ‘I do’s!’ And, for better or for worse, the work and the potential for stress and conflict and the (thank goodness) celebrations don’t stop at the ceremony either but carry on into your relationship, albeit with different faces and situations. Which is incredible, because all of these things build up into what we call living life together.

When it comes down to it, thought, my favorite part is the celebration. Easy pick, I know, but it’s entirely possible that we all need just a little bit more celebrating in our lives – and the best part is that a celebration doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive to be unique and thrilling.

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I celebrated our one-year anniversary. And, true to form, we decided to keep it low key, create some traditions and get creative. We looked up lists of both traditional and modern anniversary gifts (unfortunately, diamonds aren’t part of the picture until 60 years in) and made them our own: paper, for the traditional side of things and clocks for the modern. (We also enjoyed my parents’ spin on things when a box filled with personalized stationary showed up at our house with a ‘happy anniversary’ card attached!)

The fun thing is that this anniversary, just like all celebrations – including the wedding that you’re pouring your ideas and work into – was personalized. We took our thoughts and our excitement (okay, and a little bit of practicality) and made it our own.

The translation? Paper came in the form of Colorado resident fishing licenses (fly fishing is on our mutual list of things-to-learn). And clocks? Well let’s just say both of us have had a rough couple of months in the wristwatch world and were in dire need of replacement timepieces!

In the end we had an anniversary that fit us perfectly and set us up for a new adventure together – and did I mention that we topped it off with the last slices of our wedding cake? Pretty sure neither of us could ask for more.